Michael Molfetta, successful lawyer and CEO of Molfetta Law and Invictus Sports Management
The word tenacity has continuously defined the life of Michel Molfetta and his path to success. The litigation lawyer is not your average lawyer; he has served as lead counsel in nearly 300 jury trials, based Molfetta Law, was one of the founding partners of CRM Sports Advisors and holds the position of CEO at Invictus Sports Management. As passions for law and sport collide, how did Molfetta find himself at such a crossroads in these two leadership positions?
Molfetta remembers her first passion in life being that of sport. In the 1980s, Molfetta attended Occidental College and played American football in Europe before earning a BA in Political Science and Philosophy in 1986. Sport became his ticket to travel through Europe as a student. He played American football in Italy, Sweden, UK and even at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his college football career, Molfetta has also played rugby in the United States and abroad.
After graduating, Molfetta found herself in California, and that’s when the spark that would ignite her successful legal profession began after a conversation with her father. Molfetta remembers how her youngster considered her father to be both her inspiration and her role model.
“When I came back to California after graduating from Occidental College, my father encouraged me to focus on choosing and developing a career. His words influenced me to follow through on my decision to enter Southwestern Law School, ”said Michael Molfetta, responsible for the Molfetta law.
During her sophomore year at Southwestern Law School, Molfetta accepted a summer job with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. And there you have it, this summer revealed to Molfetta that he had a second passion and that this passion was the law.
“I accepted to be a clerk in the prosecutor’s office during the summer and fell in love with it. It was what I found closest to sport in the law – it was competitive, it was heating up, ”said Molfetta.
Molfetta was a certified lawyer in the prosecutor’s office and spent the summer prosecuting traffic violators with a trial date. He took an extremely competitive advantage, similar to his approach in the sport, and treated traffic violations with the utmost seriousness. While busy learning the beginning, middle and end of the process of chasing traffic offenders, Molfetta also crossed paths with Jeoff Robinson, the man who became Molfetta’s mentor, the reason for which he wanted to become a prosecutor and even the godfather of the future daughter of Molfetta.
Robinson was the renowned Orange County homicide prosecutor at the time. He took Molfetta “under his wing,” leaving Molfetta to argue for himself and teaching Molfetta the ins and outs of this work, including how to adjudicate a case, judge and use human experience, and gain the jury’s confidence by practicing ‘authenticity. It didn’t take long for Molfetta’s bulb to snap and her career path became clear. He applied for and received approval for a fall internship at the Orange County DA office and remained there after graduating from law school and receiving his JD in 1990.
Five years of lawsuits at the Orange County DA office would lead Molfetta to change course to a private legal practice. However, prior to starting his new leadership, Molfetta’s leadership skills excelled over the course of those five years, leading him to be the Orange County Deputy District Attorney and “1994 District Attorney of the Year”. “.
Thus began the Molfetta Law, where Molfetta skyrocketed his career and experience in jury trials representing clients in complex civil and criminal cases. His more than thirty years of expertise and leadership skills have led him to guest interviews on all major networks as a legal expert and legal correspondent. He was considered a regular at ABC’s World News Tonight and ABC News magazines and has made appearances on Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Dateline, 20/20, Geraldo Rivera and others.
Black eyes, cuts and once a broken neck, all due to rugby, didn’t stop Molfetta from trying a deal and moving forward with persistence, determination and commitment. Although her passion for law has grown immensely, Molfetta has never lost her love for sport, which is why her career is now a mixture of the two.
As his father urged him to follow through on his decision to pursue a career in the legal field, his son, a baseball athlete at Stanford, motivated him to merge his two passions, law and sports. Molfetta’s courage in leadership and problem-solving skills helped develop an entrepreneurial spirit, which led him to be the founding partner of CRM Sports Advisors and CEO of Invictus Sports Management, a representation of elite full-service professional athletes and a management company. Under Molfetta’s guidance, Invictus excels in MLB project preparation, contract negotiation, training, post-career planning, and marketing and professional services.
Today, Michael Moleffeta remains as determined in his dual roles at the head of Molfetta Law as ever and CEO of Invictus Sports Management, committed to providing unparalleled service to its clients, whether in the legal field or in the sports field.